Brazil And Belgium Name Starting Lineups For World Cup Quarter-Final


It's the latest surprise in a tournament full of upsets, which has included Spain's shocking loss to Russian Federation in the knockout rounds and, even more surprisingly, Germany crashing out of the group stage.

Coutinho's first-time shot flew wide and yet another Neymar penalty appeal was rejected, before the world's most expensive player drew a phenomenal fingertip save from Courtois in the 94th minute.

Of the remaining teams, France, another popular pick to win it all at the outset, is likely the new favorite.

"There is something special in this squad, no doubt about it", Martinez said to his own players as much as the press. Or maybe this is year that England finally, finally, wins another major worldwide tournament.

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The day after that Brazil-Colombia match in 2014, Belgium played their quarter-final, against Argentina.

The entire Belgium side were incredibly impressive against Brazil, breaking at pace and regularly cutting open a side which threatened but were ultimately unable to ever really get going.

An own goal from Fernandinho gave Belgium the lead before De Bruyne doubled their advantage before half time. The next day in Moscow, it will be either England or Sweden against either Russian Federation or Croatia.

But here, when Belgium were facing a similar upset, trailing Japan in the last 16, it was his magical twist and turn and then pin-point cross that created Marouane Fellaini's headed equaliser. Eight of the team that started today in Kazan started in Brasilia; among them was Eden Hazard.

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The people of Belgium like to see the world, which is not surprising when you consider that it takes just a couple of hours to travel from one end of the country to the other.

Lukaku made Gabriel Jesus look average, De Bruyne was just outrageously good and Hazard outperformed Neymar in every aspect. After the corner was cleared, Romelu Lukaku went on a mazy run through Brazil's midfield before laying a pass off to his left for the oncoming De Bruyne, who struck his shot low into the corner of the Brazil net and beyond the dive of goalkeeper Alisson.

The Red Devils will now play France‚ who eliminated Uruguay 2-0 earlier in the day‚ in an enticing all-European semi-final. Not for one minute were [Belgium] going to give up.

The 25-year-old ripped Brazil's back four to shreds in the first half, linking up play splendidly and running from deep whilst also acting as a target man out wide. Neymar beat his man to the endline and cut back inside before laying the ball back for the late-arriving Barcelona man, but Coutinho got his first-time effort all wrong and Belgium again went unpunished.

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France has gone on to reach the World Cup final the last two times it advanced to the semifinals.